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summer plans

30 Jan

IMG_0004Winter is still here, but summer is not that far away!

Come get a head start on your summer plans by visiting us this Saturday at PS 321’s Summer Camp Expo to learn more about our fun-filled food & garden summer camp!

Not only will our Co-Founder and Camp Director be there to answer all of your questions, we will also be sampling our homemade camp snacks like our famous granola bars and giving out some seed packets for garden inspiration.

Our summer camp is all about food! How to grow, harvest, cook, compost, where it comes from, who is behind the scenes, how much energy it takes to get to us, and why it’s good for us. All while having fun in the sun, and enjoying the summer-time to it’s fullest.

For those who sign up for camp at the PS 321 event, we’ll give you an additional $75.00 off, along with our 10% off promotion.

See you there!

flora’s seasonal recipe: pondering persimmons

7 Jan

6290086996_8e25c56234Sitting on the train one day, a father, mother and their two daughters entered my car toting orange shopping bags filled with fresh produce. They were caught up in lively conversations, while each one of them was biting into a ripe persimmon.

It was inspiring to watch a family all enjoying a fresh and unique fruit together on their train ride. The sheer happiness emanating from their faces was a true testament to the importance of sharing family meals and moments.

What also stood out to me was their conscious decision to pick persimmons as their snack. Perhaps the persimmons brought back childhood memories for their parents, and they wanted to share those memories with their children? Maybe their children chose the fruit and enlightened them on how delicious they are? Or maybe they all walked into the store never having tried persimmons, and the shop keeper was giving out tastings?

Whichever way the persimmons made it onto the train with this sweet family, they were in my car for a reason. While I watched them, I was able to reflect on the value of food memories, the ways in which food connects us to place, grounds us in flavor and promotes health and wellness.

Hopefully this sweet family has inspired you to pick up a persimmon or two, and share the experience with someone you love on your very own road to making food memories together.

46422626_c4691b75e5How to eat a persimmon? There are two main types: Fuyu (tomato shaped – eat with peel on) and Hachiya (acorn shaped – remove peel).


  • Wash it first.
  • Once ripe (should feel soft, not squishy), cut in half then cut into wedges, like you would a tomato.
  • Or simply bite into one like an apple!


  • Wash it first.
  • Once ripe (should feel squishy in your hand) cut open the top, and spoon out the fruit.
  • Eat with abandon!

For more persimmon recipes and inspirations click here.

Photos courtesy of sleepyneko and Beyond Forgetting

Sanity in the Subway: 5 tips to enjoying the subway commute

17 Oct

3544734138_54f2f90376Living in a city is not always the easiest choice, with all of the noise, exhaust, crowds, traffic and people bumping into you left and right. However, the city can foster great opportunities, cultural diversity, conveniences and efficient public transportation, among other amenities.

Using mass transit not only saves our air from pollution, it provides an opportunity for the daily commuter to sit back and do nothing, or something, until they arrive at their destination.

Some people see the subway ride as a stressful time where they are sandwiched in between their seats, with bad smells and screaming children. While this can be true, you have the power to take charge of your subway commuting experience.

Here are 5 tips that will help you see the commute as a more enjoyable experience:

1. Know where you are going + give yourself enough time to get there: This is an easy one when you are commuting, as you usually know the route. If you are headed someplace new, you will save yourself time, energy and piece of mind by researching the best way to get there. Hopstop is a great resource as is google maps. If hopstop tells you that your route will take you 35 minutes, give yourself an extra 10-15 minutes, by leaving earlier.

2. Stay on the local to avoid running to the express: If your local train takes you where you need to go, stay on it, even when the express shows up at a joining station. As much of a thrill as it is to catch that express train because it passes 1 or 2 stations, you will have more time on your local train, in turn, spending less time shuffling around, worrying whether or not the doors will close on you.

3. Pack a water bottle + healthy snacks to stave off hunger: On longer commutes, pack yourself some goodies for the ride. Stay hydrated by bringing a water bottle, and a few healthy snacks like trail mix, granola bars, whole fruit, nutbutter or seedbutter + jelly sandwich. These snack will help you in case you missed breakfast, or are traveling to be in the public eye. Use those energy enhancing proteins, and fabulous fiber to help fuel your day.

4. Bring something to read: Some of you may enjoy staring off which feels indulgent after a long day, but for longer rides we suggest bringing something to stimulate your mind like a great book, a puzzle, catalogue or a pen and paper to write or draw.

2002937136_556449cf525. Sit up straight, focus on your breathe + practice tuning out: As tempting as it is to slouch on the train, try practicing better posture by sitting up straight, engaging your abdomen and relaxing the tension present in your face. Try to focus on your breathe by noticing your inhale and exhale. For loud trains, when they arrive at the station feel free to plug your ears, and while riding a loud train (with loud passengers), practice tuning them out by tuning into your book, your breathe, or your thoughts.

Photos courtesy of Rambling Traveler and mrhayata

homemade sunflower butter

31 Aug

2519482235_35889ebe92For children with nut allergies it can be a challenge to find a substitute for nut butters, which provide lots of protein and good fats.

At Butter Beans school lunches, we serve sunflower seed butter to our students, and they all seem to love it! We stumbled upon this fantastic recipe that we’d like to share with you, so that you can enjoy this nutritious butter at home.


  • 3 cups sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Directions: Toast seeds in a pan over medium heat until fragrant and golden, 2-3 minutes. Place the seeds in your food processor and add salt & sugar, then process until fine. Wait 5 minutes, then process again. Wait another 5 minutes and process, then add your honey. Keep processing and add your oil. If you prefer a more crunchy texture, add less oil and process for a shorter amount of time.

Enjoy with apple slices, on crackers, bread or bananas. Recipe adapted from Prudent Baby.

Photo courtesy of katili

Vegan Zucchini Bread

22 Aug

Zucchini BreadAs our food + garden summer camp comes to a close, our campers are creating their last recipes to add to their Butter Beans cookbooks.

Hands down, one of their favorite foods they’ve made at camp was the vegan zucchini bread. They ranted and raved about this quick bread, so we thought we’d share the delicious recipe with you!

Makes 2 loaf pans, recipe adapted from hell yeah it’s vegan!


  • 6 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 cups turbinado or light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-2.5 cups grated zucchini (~3 medium sized ones)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or raisins, optional


Grease 2 loaf pans, preheat the oven to 350F. Mix together flax seeds with warm water, then add sugar, oil, applesauce, vanilla and beat well. Add grated zucchini, and stir until combined. In a separate bowl, sift together remaining dry ingredients. Add dry mixture to wet ingredients and stir until combined. Pour batter into pans and bake for 50-55 minutes.

Thank you to all of the wonderful families and campers we have met along the way this summer! We hope that your children leave inspired to cook creatively, grow edible gardens, compost food scraps, support local farmers, preserve foods, make their own ice cream, and set good examples for those around them.

If you are interested in signing up for the adventures yet to come during summer camp 2013, shoot us an email at camp@butterbeanskitchen.com, we have some early bird discounts that you won’t want to miss!

Photo courtesy of lydiajoy1